Clinical Research Nurse Cover Letter Sample

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10 Springdale St.
Brooklyn, New York 22222
(718) 555-5555    

Dedicated RN with nearly 20 years of experience within medical-surgical settings seeking career transition into clinical nursing research. Offer a solid foundation in statistics, analytical tools and methodologies, pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures and current healthcare advancements.

Special interest in conducting clinical research trials benefiting diabetes patients. Strong background in diabetes education, with experience developing and delivering training programs to staff, community organizations and medical providers on a range of diabetes-management topics.

Operating Room Nurse
5/1998-Present, ABC HOSPITAL, New York, NY

Assist in the preparation and care of patients undergoing surgical intervention, and oversee the maintenance/sterilization of OR supplies and equipment. Anticipate needs of surgeons and surgical teams, and assist in operative procedures.

Highlights of Contributions:

  • Participated in JCAHO survey with resultant score of 95 percent with commendation. Ensured OR readiness by maintaining stringent quality standards and safety precautions.
  • Planned and executed symposium for continuing research on diabetes. Topics included new research methods, standards of treatment and the epidemiological perspective. Secured internationally renowned endocrinologists as speakers and attracted 100+ healthcare industry participants.
  • Led numerous staff development training programs and seminars. Conducted educational programs on a broad range of topics, including diabetes education and OR policies and procedures.
  • Researched and compiled daily operation reports and patient statistical data for surgical services director, director of nursing and utilization review (UR) coordinator.
  • Directed ongoing quality assurance (QA) program that met or surpassed hospital/JCAHO standards for patient and staff safety.
  • Authored study guide and orientation packet credited with improving quality and thoroughness of staff on-the-job-training (OJT) program.
  • Standardized procedures and improved efficiency of surgical room setup through major cataloging effort covering all surgical services equipment.
  • Developed first-ever, comprehensive standard operating procedures (SOPs) manual for hospital's Preoperative Staging Area.

Registered Nurse
6/1995-5/1998             , DEF HOSPITAL, Brooklyn, NY

Performed a comprehensive range of clinical functions in the 70-bed neonatal intensive care unit. Assessed patients' developmental stages and conditions, administered medications, maintained patient charts and responded to medical emergencies.

Highlights of Contributions:

  • Managed all phases of care cycle for critically ill infants. Held additional responsibility as part-time charge nurse for overseeing patient care, staff assignments, emergency response/transport and management of infant family crises.
  • Contributed to organizational growth initiatives as active member of patient education and procedural committees, along with preceptor duties instructing new residents and nurses in crisis intervention, medication administration and resuscitation.
  • Built solid, trusting relationships with staff and patient families, generating positive PR through extra efforts in care treatment and one-on-one communications.
  • Collaborated with multidisciplinary team members, working closely with physicians, nurses, technicians and therapists to formulate, implement and modify individual care plans.

6/2004, ABC Training Institute, New York, NY

  • Completed comprehensive pharmaceuticals training in the areas of FDA regulatory compliance, drug specifications, drug product stability/shelf life, principles of contemporary immunology and adverse drug events.

5/2001, Perioperative Nursing (CNOR), Denver, CO

  • Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI), CNOR certification

2/1992, Registered Nurse, New York, NY

5/1990, XYZ COLLEGE, New York, NY
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

  • Received consistently excellent evaluations in clinical rotations.
  • Participated in XYZ College's Nursing Student Association, National Student Nurses' Association and Future Registered Nurses Club.

6/1989, BCLS certification, New York, NY

  • BCLS certification is current

5/1989, XYZ COLLEGE, New York, NY

  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
  • 1/2005-Present: Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, Member
Skill NameSkill LevelLast Used/Experience
Case / Patient ManagementExpertCurrently used/19 years
Clinical Research ProceduresIntermediateCurrently used/11 years
Data Collection / Analysis / ReportingIntermediateCurrently used/11 years
Data Management & DocumentationIntermediateCurrently used/11 years
Healthcare EducationExpertCurrently used/19 years
JCAHO Standards / ComplianceExpertCurrently used/19 years
Patient InterviewsExpertCurrently used/19 years
Public / Community RelationsExpertCurrently used/19 years
Public SpeakingExpertCurrently used/19 years
Quality Assurance / Quality ControlExpertCurrently used/19 years
Records MaintenanceExpertCurrently used/19 years

Excelled in early nursing career as RN/nurse team leader (2/1992 to 5/1995) and hospital staff nurse (6/1989 to 2/1992), with commendations for quality of total patient care from community/teaching hospital employers.

Known as a loyal team player with an unwavering commitment to providing quality care and preventive medicine advocacy. Available for evening/weekend shifts and willing to relocate nationally for right opportunity.


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A cover letter is a formal letter that you use when applying for jobs, and it supports your CV. The idea behind a cover letter is to introduce yourself and explain how you are relevant for this specific position, and why you want to work in this specific position. 

There is no right or wrong way to create a cover letter, but if you follow the guidelines below you can be assured that your letter will cover all the important information. The first and most important thing is to thoroughly read through the job description, and to fully understand (note it down if possible) exactly what the specific role is seeking. Do they want someone used to working in a high-pressured environment? In this particular role is it important that you can work alone and motivate yourself? It will be different for every single job, and it’s imperative that you look at the skillset described before you write your letter. When job applications come to an organisation, often many applications are coming to a Human Resources manager or one single person, who will then short list them before sending the short-list over to a panel. To short-list the applications, they will note down which applications appear to match the job description for that role; so therefore, if you ensure that your cover letter explains why you fit this specific job description, you’re more likely to secure an interview. 

Your letter should include:

  • Introduction: you should state the position you are applying to (e.g. ‘I wish to apply for the post of research coordinator at the Clinical Trials Unit’).
  • Why this job? An explanation of why you are the perfect person for this specific role, and what you will bring to the organisation
  • Why me? An explanation why they would choose you - how your past experience and skill set will make you an asset to this specific role
  • Conclusion: A brief paragraph thanking the person for their time and saying you hope to hear from them soon.

Ideally your cover letter should be around one page in length, and certainly no more than two pages.  It should be clearly written, concise, and formally laid out (even if it’s typed and emailed). 


Top 5 things NOT to do in your cover letter

  • Repeat your CV. You’ll be sending your CV on to the employer as well, so there’s no point in reiterating it here. Instead use the cover letter to explain why you’re the right person for the job.
  • Be generic. It’s important NOT to simply send a generic cover letter, but instead that you make sure you write the cover letter individually for every job you apply to. It does take time, but it’s a real time investment and you’re unlikely to secure interviews without giving specific information for each role.
  • Be informal. Remember that your cover letter is representing you and is giving the employer a first impression of what you are like. If you write informally, or use abbreviations, you will make the person think you are unprofessional. 
  • Forget to check your spelling and grammar. Again, this will make you appear slapdash and may mean you aren’t shortlisted.
  • Write too much or too little. Remember that the employer will have lots of cover letters to read, so yours should be succinct, clear, and professional. One page is perfect.


Top 5 Things to make your cover letter stand out

  • Make it relevant to the job you’re applying for
  • Explain why you want to work for this specific organisation (e.g. this research group, not just this university)
  • Write out the key points in the job description, e.g. the Essential and Desirable criteria, the key aspects of the person specification such as ‘able to work to tight deadlines’), and then make sure that you mention each of these in context while explaining why you are suitable.
  • Get someone else to read the letter, not only to check for spelling mistakes, but also to make sure that it is clear, relevant, and reads smoothly. 
  • Present the information professionally: present it like a formal letter, with your address and the date at the top. Use a smart font (e.g. arial – not comic sans!), and use black and no colours.  





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